Archive for June, 2011

How To Keep Your Lawn In Tip Top Shape

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Look After Your Lawn

There are many jobs we have to do to keep our homes and gardens looking clean, neat and tidy, some of which we hate going
but let’s be honest… if we keep on top of them they are much easier to do.   lawn4

Keeping your lawn in tip top shape is one of them. Weather permitting I mow my lawn twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday. Call me boring but I do find it quite relaxing and very often enjoy doing it. If I miss a week or at worse two weeks then it can be hard work.

Mow your lawn on a regular basis and it will reduce the time it takes in the long run and keep it looking in tip top condition. Ensure you change the direction and the way you mow it every few weeks.

It is important to feed and weed your lawn at least twice a year to give it the nutriants it needs and to get rid of the weeds and the moss otherwise they will take over and destroy your lawn which in the long run will cost you more money to repair it. I always use a product that does it all in one go.

After a few weeks if any bare patches appear simply repair them with any lawn restorer product that will restore the places that the weeds may have taken over or that may have been worn away by the kids and family pets.lawn-care2

Treating your lawn in this way will help it to breath more and thicken up, giving it the that perfect look your neighbours will be envy of.

Keeping on top of looking after your lawn on a regular basis will allow you the time to enjoy it. Trust me…. as much as some of us hate DIY looking after your lawn it well worth the effort. You can if you prefer hire someone to do it for you.

Don’t forget to trim the edges and borders of the lawn for a neat and tidy finish. This really does make a big difference.

Enjoy ! ( weather permitting)

Yours truly



Love Your Garden

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Alan Titchmarsh’s New ProgrammeUntitled

I have to say that I rarely find the time to watch T.V. these days but whilst having dinner, I did manage to watch Alan’s new ITV show, ‘ Love Your Garden’. What I loved about the show was it’s simplistic approach to a variety of things that can be achieved with any garden.

As the co-owner of Derwood Homes that specialises in gardening projects around Cardiff and Bridgend, one of my favourite topics is designing,  creating and of course transforming peoples gardens within South Wales. Call me boring but there is something tranquil about the garden even if you do only use it to Sunbathe or play with the kids… Either way we all one way or another love our garden. Alan brings a modern approach and feel to gardening and makes the programme which is on Fridays well worth watching.     

Yours Truly



Are House Prices Over Valued ?

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Moving House V’s Home Improvements

The majority of Britons think property is over-valued, but only one in four people are predicting further house price falls, a survey has suggested.

Around 25% of people think house prices will drop during the coming year, down from 32% who were expecting them to slide further when the same research was carried out during the first quarter of the year, according to property website prices
Instead, 40% of people think prices will be broadly unchanged 12 months from now, the seventh consecutive quarter during which the proportion of people expecting there to be no change has increased.

But despite predicting house prices will be stable during the coming year, 48% of people said they thought property in their area was over-valued, rising to 66% among first-time buyers.

People in London were most likely to think house prices were too high at 61%, followed by those in the South West at 53% and those in the South East at 52%.

Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said: “There is a growing sense that many homes coming onto the UK housing market are priced too high and this is borne out by the views expressed in this survey.

“We now have a situation where half of the UK public feel house prices are too high, yet three-quarters of the same public are expecting prices to either stay the same or increase over the next 12 months. This suggests the prospect of a market stand-off and rising unsold stock levels if sellers don’t wise up to the house price views of their target market.”

Earlier this month, Rightmove reported that the level of unsold stock estate agents had on their books had risen to its highest level for four years, after new sellers increased their asking prices for the fourth consecutive month, raising them by an average of 1.7%.

PD*26644713Among those who feel optimistic about house prices, 54% said they thought the economy would improve going forward and this would help the property market, while 26% thought mortgages would be easier to obtain. But 58% of those who predicted house price falls think the economy will get worse, and 23% of this group think there will be little or no change in mortgage availability. As part of the survey Rightmove carried out this April they questioned 26,240 people.

More people seem to have decided to stay where they are than ever before and invest money into their homes via home improvements such as a new extension, loft conversion or even a basement. There is so much uncertainty and confusion, it’s no wonder we appear to still be within a housing market crisis.